Twain scheduled to perform in Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2005

Mark Twain is coming to town Sunday, Sept. 18, and he will be on stage at the Canebrake Players building in Demopolis at 7 p.m.

Actually, John Chappell, a native of Robbins, N.C., will be starring as Twain in the world renowned one-man show “Mark Twain On Stage.”

Though it is rarely mentioned, Chappell said, Twain often appeared on stage just as a present-day comedian would.

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“A lot of what he wrote began as a bit for audiences,” he said. “Mark Twain On Stage” is an attempt to paint a portrait of Twain doing his own show.

Chappell began performing the role in 1968. “I was fascinated with how many of Twain’s points are still relevant today,” Chappell said. Since then, he has performed in 37 countries.

While his first love is playing the role of a historical character on stage, Chappell has also had many small roles in movies and on television, including “Nickelodeon,” “Brubaker,” “The Other Side of Midnight,” “After M.A.S.H.,” “The Rockford Files,” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Chappell is represented by Alkahest Artists in Atlanta, and the Two Rivers Arts Council is presenting the show.

Admission to “Mark Twain On Stage” is $10 for non-members. For more information, contact Barry Hendrix at (334) 289-2013.